A Remedy To Office In And Out Bins

Unleashing Bold Initiatives

There are staple office jokes. Graphs, meetings, computers… But one of my favorites is the good old In and Out tray.

There’s plenty to draw on here, usually showing one or both of the baskets overflowing with paperwork. But I often get bored with convention and challenge myself to come up with something unexpected in a standard scene.

The above cartoon took a good while to write (even though its wordless) and longer to draw just right, but I think you’ll agree that this guy might just be on to something.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.

5 Reactions
  1. Hey Mark,
    This cartoon could be a part of a series called 101 uses for the waste paper basket.

  2. Mark,

    This cartoon could become a favorite for individuals interested in “getting things done” stuff (#GTD on Twitter). I will use your “A Remedy To Office In And Out Bins” cartoon for my next blog post on personal kanban workflow.

  3. Mark, this one took me a minute to figure out, but I love it! The subtle ones are always the best….

    I think your cartoons often make more powerful points than straight advice articles. 🙂

    — Anita

  4. Subtle ones are my favorite, although they’re a fine line to walk. And thanks for the kind words! Made my night!